Living in Niagara – 2017 Quality of Life Report Released

On Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 350 community members attended the 16th annual Niagara Community Foundation Leaders Breakfast and helped to celebrate the launch of the Living in Niagara – 2017 quality of life report. The Living in Niagara – 2017 report aims to support evidence-informed planning in the Niagara context by offering data to guide research and focused decision-making in the Niagara context.

Every 3 years, Niagara Connects facilitates construction of the report, by combining relevant, reliable, Niagara-focused data with knowledge shared by hundreds of people working on the front lines in and across the 12 Living in Niagara Sectors:

  • Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Community Belonging
  • Crime, Safety and Security
  • Economic Prosperity
  • Environment
  • Health and Wellness
  • Housing and Shelter
  • Learning and Education
  • People Getting Started
  • Recreation and Sports
  • Transportation and Mobility
  • Work and Employment

The 2017 edition is the fourth Living in Niagara report; the first one was released in 2008. The report, its 12 Sectors, and its companion tool, niagaraknowledgeexchange.com (NKE) are described, built and owned by the Niagara-wide community. These tools are cornerstones in building a culture in Niagara of using Niagara-focused data, information, and knowledge to plan for a stronger future.

The Living in Niagara – 2017 report and supporting data can be found at: www.livinginniagarareport.com

Niagara Connects is a Niagara-wide network of people working together to plan, learn, innovate and lead community action toward a stronger future for Niagara. Beginning in December, our community blog series will celebrate the successes of our community and highlight action themes that emerged in this report across each of the 12 Living in Niagara sectors.

If you are interested in learning more about how the data in the Living in Niagara 2017 report can help inform and strengthen your organization’s Niagara-focused planning, please reach out!

Mary Wiley
Executive Director
Niagara Connects
ed@niagaraconnects.ca

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Aug
17
Fri
15th Annual Mayor’s Au Marché @ 13th Street Winery
Aug 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The 15th Annual Mayor’s Au Marché will take place at 13th Street Winery on Friday, August 17th in support of the Investing in St. Catharines Youth Fund. Guests will enjoy sampling from local wineries and craft breweries along with an array of culinary delights from local restaurants. This special event will also include the talents of local up and coming musicians.

The Investing in St. Catharines Youth Fund helps young people in financial need fully participate in the recreational, sports and cultural life of our City. More than 3,000 children and youth have benefited from this program since it began in the summer of 2004. With your support of this year’s event, we can increase this number.

A portion of the net proceeds will be permanently endowed in the Investing in St. Catharines Youth Fund in the St. Catharines Community Fund, which is an affiliate of the Niagara Community Foundation.

The event takes place on Friday, August 17th from 7pm to 10pm at 13th Street Winery. The price of a ticket is $125 (all inclusive). A tax receipt will be forwarded for a portion of the ticket price.

This event is hosted by the Niagara Community Foundation.

Aug
18
Sat
SHRED-IT in Support of Niagara-on-the-Lake Palliative Care @ Meridian Credit Union Parking Lot
Aug 18 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

SHRED-IT provides residents with a convenient and economical way to dispose of confidential documents and at the same time raise funds for this important community organization offering free services to residents with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

Organized by Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Palliative Care in partnership with Meridian Credit Union, confidential materials are professionally shredded for $6 a banker’s box or 3 for $15.

Volunteers from Meridian, Community Palliative Care, the community along with students from Royal Elite International Academy will be there to greet resident and receive their materials for shredding.

It’s an initiative where everyone benefits – Meridian customers and residents help protect themselves from identity fraud, student volunteers demonstrate their involvement in the community and the proceeds raised stay in the community to support palliative care.

This event is hosted by Niagara-on-the-Lake Palliative Care and Meridian Credit Union.

Aug
21
Tue
Game-Bling: Where Gaming Meets Gambling @ Online
Aug 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

This webinar will explore how technology has changed the gambling market, the blurred lines between gambling and gaming, the increased risks and how to stay safe if one chooses to engage in gaming and gambling activities.

Content is designed for parents/guardians, teachers, counselors, college/university students and adults involved in young people’s lives.

Key objectives of this webinar:

  • Discuss impacts of excessive use of technology and affects of parents’ technology use on children (parent version)
  • Explore underage gambling opportunities: E-sports, Fantasy Sports, In-game ‘gambling’, Skins Betting, etc. and other impacts of technology in gaming and gambling
  • Question the blurred lines between gaming and gambling
  • Notice warning signs of problematic behaviors (video gaming, excessive technology use, social gaming and gambling)
  • Provide support resources and harm reduction strategies
  • Make informed decisions with regards to gambling and gaming

This webinar is hosted by the YMCA of Greater Toronto.

Skills for Substance Use Engagement @ St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Upper Auditorium
Aug 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presented by: Elisha Dekort, Interim Manager of Community Psychiatry Services and the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Team

This presentation will provide an overview of the different evidence based practices for working with clients who use substances and how to utilize those practices to build engagement.

Attend on August 21st or 22nd in-person or remotely via webcast.

These sessions are hosted by the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Team.

Using Health and Demographic Information to Support Community Services @ Online
Aug 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This one hour webinar explores three available online health data sharing websites:

  • Public Health Ontario Snapshots
  • Public Health Ontario Social Determinants of Health Mapper
  • Niagara Region Public Health & Emergency Services Niagara’s Village of 100

Improving the health of everyone in the Niagara community requires collaboration between public health and community partners. Access to community demographics as well as behavioural and health outcome data is important for better understanding the needs of the Niagara community.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Better understand priority populations in the Niagara community
  • Inform programs and services that address the community’s needs
  • Support funding proposals

This webinar is hosted by Niagara Region Public Health.

Aug
22
Wed
Skills for Substance Use Engagement @ St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Upper Auditorium
Aug 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presented by: Elisha Dekort, Interim Manager of Community Psychiatry Services and the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Team

This presentation will provide an overview of the different evidence based practices for working with clients who use substances and how to utilize those practices to build engagement.

Attend on August 21st or 22nd in-person or remotely via webcast.

These sessions are hosted by the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Team.

Aug
23
Thu
What is Healthy Food in Health Care? @ Online
Aug 23 @ 12:00 pm

The question of what qualifies as “healthy” food is highly contested in healthcare and beyond.

This webinar will bring together varying perspectives of dietitians, a chef and an Indigenous speaker for a rich discussion around how hospitals and health care facilities can lead the charge in expanding the definition of healthy food related to how it is produced, prepared and consumed which generates impacts on patient, population, and planetary health.

Join panelists: Joshna Maharaj, Take Back the Tray; Dr Janice Sorensen, Langara College; Diane Imrie, University of Vermont Medical Centre; and an Indigenous speaker (TBC); to explore ways to better connect food and health through the patient meal experience, food service operations, food environments, and making connections from health care settings into community.

This webinar is hosted by Nourish.

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